Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Crimson-headed Partridge (Haematortyx sanguiniceps)


French: Rouloul sanglant German: Rotkopfwachtel Spanish: Perdicilla cabecirroja

Haematortyx sanguiniceps


, 1879,

Lawas River, Borneo




Mountains of N Borneo.

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm; one male 330 g. Crimson head, neck and breast, as well as terminal portion of longest undertail-coverts, and otherwise blackish plumage very distinctive; bill... read more


Song a repeated double note “whu-kweng...whu-kweng..whu-kweng…”, with the second note harsh and... read more


Inhabits lower montane forest, including poor quality forest in sandy areas and alluvial forest;... read more

Food and feeding

Berries and insects, and also small crustaceans recorded in diet.


Very poorly known. Earliest reported laying mid Jan, with young recorded in Apr and a male in breeding condition in mid Mar. Nests in ... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: vulnerable. Previously considered Near Threatened. Locally common but range much reduced and population therefore assumed... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Crimson-headed Partridge (Haematortyx sanguiniceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).